VECO upgrades capacity of Consolacion substation
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - May 18, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Visayan Electric Company Inc. (VECO) has recently upgraded its Consolacion substation in a bid to meet the demands of growing residential developments and the vigorous economy in the northern part of its franchise area.

Noel Modesto, assistant president of VECO- Engineering Operations, said in a statement that the Consolacion substation, which was built in 1995, had only a capacity of 33 MVA (Mega Volt Ampere).

Modesto said VECO saw the need to improve, rehabilitate and upgrade the substation to a capacity of 66 MVA to improve reliability and flexibility and to better serve its customers in the municipalities of Consolacion and Lilo-an.

Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, in her speech during the inauguration, said the municipality is thankful that VECO keeps up with the demands of the municipality’s growing economy.

“We in Consolacion consider VECO as a partner in growth and development and we are very thankful that VECO readily answers the call of the times. In fact, VECO is several steps ahead. Seeing that Consolacion is growing rapidly, you are also preparing your facilities to meet the demands. We look forward to working with you more and we assure you that we will always be hand in hand in the development of Consolacion,” the mayor said.

VECO started the rehabilitation works of Consolacion substation in October 2017 and upgraded its capacity in August last year.

The upgrading of the Consolacion substation is also in preparation for the upcoming rehabilitation of the nearby Paknaan substation, which will be implemented by June this year with a 2020 targeted commissioning.

On the other hand, the rehabilitation and upgrading works for the Calamba substation in Cebu City into 66MVA is ongoing and is expected to be completed this year.

A substation transforms a voltage from from high to low, which is suitable for supply to consumers.

VECO has a total of 19 substations.

Owned and managed by publicly-listed Aboitiz Power Corporation and Vivant Corporation, VECO serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, Naga and the towns of Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla and San Fernando. — KBQ (FREEMAN)

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